Attempt to smuggle illegal ciggies to Singapore foiled

  • Singapore
  • Tuesday, 18 Aug 2020

SINGAPORE, Aug 18 (Bernama): Singapore authority has foiled an attempt to smuggle more than 5,000 cartons of duty-unpaid cigarettes at Tuas Checkpoint via a Malaysia-registered lorry on Aug 13.

The republic's Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) found 5,026 cartons and 10 packets of assorted duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden underneath the lorry bed.

In a statement here today, ICA said the lorry was conveying a consignment of precast concrete.

"During the course of checks, the officers had noticed anomalies around the exterior of the lorry and proceeded to pry open a small section of the lorry bed, revealing the duty-unpaid cigarettes hidden within it,” it said.

ICA said the case was handed over to Singapore Customs for further investigation.

The total duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to about S$429,310 and S$34,760 respectively.

The authority said the 47-year-old Malaysian lorry driver has been charged in court and court proceedings are ongoing. - Bernama

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